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April 10, 2012

Asparagus, Mushroom & Leek Spring Pasta

Spring Pasta Supper
Asparagus, Mushroom & Leek with Pappardelle Pasta

At the beginning of every season I go to the local market and long to make something that 'feels' like that particular season- roasted root vegetables in the Fall, heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers in the Summer.  This pasta took shape like all good recipes- it started on pinterest (are you following me?), and ended with a trip to Verrill Farm.

1 pound of pappardelle pasta (here is the homemade recipe- or buy it if you can find it.)
1/2 pound of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch dice
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 pints of mushrooms, sliced
2 leeks, large dice
1 pound of asparagus, 2-inch pieces
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of cream
sea salt & cracked pepper
olive oil
parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add 2 tablespoons of sea salt.  Meanwhile...

In a saute pan, cook diced bacon on medium, rendering fat, cooking until crispy.  Remove cooked bacon and set aside, leave the bacon fat in the skillet.  Add olive oil.  Cook mushrooms in olive oil and bacon fat for 2-3 minutes until they begin to brown.  Add leeks.  Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add asparagus and garlic.  Cook for 2-3 minutes until the asparagus begins to get tender.  Add cream, salt & pepper.

Add the pasta to the boiling water.  For fresh pasta, only cook for 30 seconds.  For dried pasta, cook for 4-6 minutes.  Add 1/4 (or more or less) pasta water from the boiling pot to the sauce.  Remove the pasta from the water with tongs and put it directly in the sauce. Toss the pasta in the sauce.  Add more pasta water if needed.

Serve topped with parmesan cheese & good olive oil drizzled.

This pasta would be great for Mother's Day served with this dessert...

Vanilla Pound Cake layered with Lemon Curd Cream, Whipped Cream, Berries & Black Plums - Recipe coming later this week along with a planted pansie centerpiece.


  1. oh jenny, that cake is beautiful!! i had to pin it! emma's easter dress was sweet as can be too! she's such an adorable baby. and i love the large silver bowl used in your center piece. care to share the source? thanks!!

  2. Jenny1:44 PM

    thanks, tessa! the bowl is Match - a wedding present. i'll be sharing more details on the setting and the cake later this week!

  3. Anonymous3:41 AM

    All my favorites in that pasta - yum!

  4. There are some nice flavours in this pasta!

  5. Hi there, this is a really nice post about asparagus. It would be great if you linked to it in my Food on Friday series. This week it is about all things asparagus. Food on Friday

  6. I was sent over by Red Deer Foodie who claims your a tiny, cuter Martha. So I had to come check this out for myself. And she was right. Nice to meet you. Your site is gorgeous. Off to subscribe so I can get updates from the tiny, cuter version of Martha. xx

  7. Hi found you from Kate over at Party Resources and so get what all the fuss is about. As someone who also LOVES pretty things, more than words can say including beautful food and presentation I can see I too, will quickly make this a daily habit. Thrilled to "meet" you and this recipe above I am printing out as we has my name all over it, yum!

  8. Jessica4:35 PM

    I just made this pasta dish and it was bland and disappointing. I will try another one of your recipes on your site though.


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